WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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And here's what brought Juli Frawley to that point and what com- pels her to speak so frankly today: "Four years ago my 19-year old was a freshman and away at college. It began with self-medication, which spi- raled into illegal drugs. The next thing we knew my husband and I were walking our child through hospitalizations, including involuntary com- mitments, and locked wards. We've been fortunate in life and have had access to all the resources we need to find a way out. Our child is back in school at a top college and doing outstanding work, with the aim of building a career in social justice. We have been incredibly lucky." That's Juli's story, but treatment programs, doctors' bills, and more can go well beyond the means of the average family. That "something" Juli included in her promise turned out to be the Lighthouse Charitable Foundation and a unique approach to helping families struggling with addiction or mental health issues (the two are often linked) with direct financial support so they can treat these conditions. Lighthouse is just over a year old, but its founders have already achieved nonprofit legal status, raised a fair sum, and are actively making grants based on referrals from rehabilitation service providers and physicians. Friendships Juli's capacity for long-term friendships has helped her in her work. Juli and Wellesley resident Lara Balter both grew up in Wellesley, went to college, launched great careers, married, and had kids. The women met when their children attended preschool together in Wayland and the two developed a friendship that has endured to this day. "My mother was a psychiatric social worker who was always involved with community issues, so there's a tradition of service in my family," Lara says. "As I watched Juli struggle with her child's addiction issues, we both began to understand how fortunate she was to have the resources good works "a unique approach to helping families" 136 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 Lara Balter (left) and Juli Frawley (right)

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